science technology engineering and mathematics

Leading teaching certification in STEM

This program is for high performing teachers of science in early childhood, primary, middle and senior secondary sectors who demonstrate readiness to take on a leadership role and leadership training in their school. Experience in this program will culminate in a research report that will contribute to the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Northern Territory.

STEM in schools brings together subject areas to solve problems in local contexts. This CSL program will focus on science and mathematical knowledge within the context of engineering and technology to develop leaders in STEM education. Learning will bring classroom practice to the centre of the development of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). Through a knowledge base of contemporary research the program aims to grow capacity in innovative, program development in both classrooms and schools. In addition it will support participants to take a leadership role in whole-school strategic, improvement and teacher skill development in STEM education.

The overview below indicates course choices in STEM Leadership that reflect the Australian Curriculum (Science). The choices you make will depend on your identified personal and workplace needs.

Learning outcomes

  • Professional growth in framing problems, applying discipline knowledge and processes to local contexts to open creative pedagogical spaces for student learning.
  • Demonstrate leadership capabilities in STEM to engage, influence and collaborate to develop innovative practices in STEM education.
  • Apply transdisciplinary approaches to professional situations of uncertainty, complexity, uniqueness and conflict to lead innovations in STEM classroom practices.
  • Analyse, synthesise and communicate a range of creative and challenging scientific and mathematical inquiry approaches to facilitate multiple facets of student thinking and knowledge construction.

Two (of three) courses comprise the CSL leading teaching certification in STEM

1STEM Pedagogy through Inquiry PCK: Indigenous Knowledge

Physical Science PCK: Earth and Space Science and Industry Placement


Chemical Science PCK: Biological Science

Program delivery

During this program you will meet face-to-face and in an online environment with peers and the facilitator. Your workplace inquiry projects will involve independent studies and collaboration with peers and your facilitator.


Assessment is indicative of the requirements of the Centre for School Leadership and the Graduate Certificate of Education at Charles Darwin University.

  • Inquiry project proposal (equivalent to 1,000 words)
  • Report on the project (report format) 6,000 words or equivalent Successful completion of Leading Teaching STEM Certification can be used to gain credit towards a Master of Education (International) and/or a Graduate Certificate of Education at Charles Darwin University.

Who can apply/Reenroll

To be eligible for Leading Teaching Certification in STEM training you must be a teacher, lead teacher, senior teacher, or assistant principal working in a pre-school, primary or secondary school in the NT. As courses are on-line and through Webinar conferencing eligible participants in all locations will be accommodated. Applicants are required to address statements against the lead teacher standard of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers to demonstrate developing leadership prowess. They must then be recommended by the principal and regional director. Students who have successfully completed one unit of the program need only the application form to reenroll without addressing statements or gaining the regional directors approval.

Application process

  1. Address statements against the selection criteria.
  2. Attain school principal recommendation and certification of the accuracy of your application (if not currently a principal).
  3. Attain regional director’s approval of your application.
  4. Submit your application with cover letter to CSL.
  5. The CSL selection panel will assess eligible applications against relevant, eligibility and selection criteria.
  6. Successful applicants will be advised of the outcome of the selection process by mid-February for Semester 1, and by mid-July for Semester 2.

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